The Compliance Conundrum

  The challenge of compliance is also a challenge to critical thinking, this is one of the many paradoxes in risk and safety. When we comply or an organization seeks compliance this is all well and good only while things stay the same. When things change and adaptability is required to keep safe, then compliance …

The Paradox of “Lifesaving Rules”

The Paradox of “Lifesaving Rules” Guest Post by Danny Fay As part of my assignment in Unit 5 of the Diploma in Social Psychology of Risk, I am evaluating the paradox of “Lifesaving Rules” against the five principles of collective mindfulness as developed by Professor Karl Weick. Collective mindfulness is an acceptance of equivocality; understanding …

Happy New Year and the ‘Good Life’ Paradox

Happy New Year and the ‘Good Life’ Paradox “Happy New Year! I hope that for you and your family, it is a year of much happiness, health and success!” This salutation, and many versions of it, flood our social media feeds on this, the first day of 2019. It is a customary greeting (at least …

Safety Hits a Snag

Safety Hits a Snag The media and social media in Australia recently lit up over the overcooked Bunnings directive that sausage sizzle volunteers must place onions beneath the sausages in order to prevent slips and falls in their stores – supported by the trite platitude that safety is their “number one priority”. Funny that Bunnings …

Safety, mental health and the safety paradox

It's great to see such a focus on mental health at the moment and the activities being conducted for RU OK day etc. However, I do wonder if perhaps we are over doing it and if such an overt, theatrical or contrived approach may have unintended, harmful by-products for people with mental health issues? My …